Ilwaco, OR North Coast Reopening For Chinook, Hatchery Coho This Sun., Mon.

UPDATED WITH ODFW PRESS RELEASE AT BOTTOM

WDFW EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE

Action: Marine Area 1 will be open Sunday, Sept. 2, and Monday, Sept. 3, for chinook and hatchery coho salmon fishing.

GUIDE BILL MONROE NETS A COHO CAUGHT OFF ILWACO EARLIER THIS SUMMER. (BUZZ RAMSEY)

Effective date: Sept. 2 and 3, 2018.

Species affected: Chinook and coho salmon.

Location: Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco).

Reason for action: Sufficient quota is available for two more days of salmon fishing. Only a small amount of coho quota remained after the closure of Area 1 earlier in August; however a transfer of quota by the commercial troll fishery provided enough to reopen the recreational fishery.

Additional information: Daily limit of two salmon, release wild coho. The Columbia River Control Zone (Control Zone 1) is closed.

Marine Area 2 and 3 are open through Sept. 3 with a daily limit of two salmon, release wild coho.

Marine Area 4 remains closed to salmon fishing.

The Columbia River remains closed to chinook retention downstream of the Rocky Point-Tongue Point line, with the exception of the North Jetty, where Marine Area 1 rules apply while Area 1 is open for chinook retention.  Anglers with chinook in their possession may not fish in areas that are closed to chinook retention.

Information contact: Wendy Beeghley, Ocean Salmon Manager, (360) 249-1215.

THE FOLLOWING IS AN ODFW PRESS RELEASE

Columbia Area ocean salmon fishing opens Sunday and Monday

NEWPORT, Ore. – There will be ocean salmon fishing this Labor Day weekend when the area from Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon reopens on Sunday, Sept. 2 to Monday, Sept. 3.

The daily bag limit will be two salmon per day — two hatchery coho, two Chinook, or one of each. Minimum sizes are 24-inches for Chinook and 16-inches for coho.

This area of the coast earlier closed to salmon fishing on Aug. 12, but ocean recreational and commercial troll salmon fishery representatives from Washington and Oregon worked together to transfer enough coho salmon from the commercial troll fishery to the recreational fishery to allow the season to reopen for the last two possible days within the season structure.

Anglers are reminded that if they retain any Chinook salmon from the ocean, they are not allowed to continue angling for any other species once they have returned to the Columbia River with Chinook on board.  The lower Columbia River is currently closed to retention of Chinook salmon.

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